Yeah that's what I've heard. So as long as my drake isn't trying to mate with the hens there shouldn't be an issue?
Also do you know what my hen to rooster ratio should be? If I end up getting chickens I don't want more than six so would 5:1 be ok?
I know it might not be the same but my hen (Female duck) to drake ratio is 2:1.
Do you think maybe I should get another duck and try and integrate it with my current ducks when it is big enough so the ratio is 3:1? I mean they seem fine, but I'm just curious and also don't want anyone getting hurt.
One last question If I make sure to handle the rooster a lot and socialize him will that raise the chances of him being nice to myself and any guests that might visit? I just don't want to have to worry about getting attacked. My family had chickens before I was born and they had a rooster and my dad said that he was so mean he would take the garbage can lid as a shield when he went outside to take care of the chickens...
Thanks for the help! I'm super excited to possible get some more outdoor buddies hehee
Chickens, hen to rooster ratio of 5:1 should be o.k. depending on how aggressive your rooster is. Handling the rooster while young might have some impact on his later behavior but it has been my experience that roosters will determine their own aggressiveness levels during mating season (which for chickens is pretty much year round).
Duck ratios are recommended at least to be 4:1 to avoid any overbreeding injuries of the females. Overall my duck ration is 17:5 and there has been no problem. However that does work out to about 4:1